Cambodian cop, shooting suspect, surrenders after standoff with Vietnamese police

By Thanh Dung - Nhat Le, Thanh Nien News

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Lai Bun Thi at the police station in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. Photo: Anh Tien/Thanh Nien Lai Bun Thi at the police station in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. Photo: Anh Tien/Thanh Nien

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Lai Bun Thi, a Cambodian policeman who allegedly shot two people in a restaurant in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, surrendered Sunday morning following a standoff with the local police.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Thi, 52, deputy head of the Phnumden Border Police Station in Cambodia’s Takeo Province, was drinking with some Vietnamese friends in Huong Xua Restaurant in the border town of Tinh Bien Saturday night.
Two local men sitting at a nearby table, Le Van Duoc, 43, and Pham Van Quang, 36, went to Thi's table to say ‘cheers’, but Quang and Thi soon got into an argument.
Thi reportedly drew his pistol and shot Quang in his face. When Duoc tried to intervene, he shot him in his head and stomach.
The two were rushed to a local hospital, but Duoc died on the way. Quang was then taken to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City due to his serious injury.
After the shooting Thi ran into his house just opposite and locked himself inside. The local police surrounded the house and persuaded him to surrender for hours.
He finally gave himself up to the police at 5 a.m. Sunday. The police found three guns and 500 bullets in the house.
Thi frequently travels between his workplace in Cambodia’s Takeo Province and his house in Vietnam since his wife, a Vietnamese national, lives in Tinh Bien.

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